Worcester, MA --- Senior forward Theresa Logan (Southboro, MA) tallied all 12 of her points in the second half and sophomore point guard Rachel Pineda (Shrewsbury, MA) netted a career-best 11 points to lift host WPI to a 50-45 victory over Trinity in the opening game of the WPI Holiday Classic on Sunday afternoon.
The win is a season-high third straight for the Engineers, who improve to 6-3 while Trinity dips to 5-4.
After never leading in the opening stanza, the Engineers never trailed in the second half. Logan was key down the stretch as she was the only WPI player to score over the last six minutes. The co-captain recorded jumpers at 5:45 and 2:20 before draining four free throws in the final 39 seconds.
Trinity had a chance to tie the game came when Christina Raiti (Plainview, NY) hit a pair of free throws with 32 seconds left to close the gap to 47-45 and then forced a turnover on a five-second violation, however the Bantams could not capitalize.
The first half saw six ties and a lead no larger than five points. The teams were nearly dead even statistically, both shooting 8-of-29 from the field and 4-of-6 from the line and draining one 3-pointer. WPI held the narrowest of advantages in rebounds (22-21) and turnovers forced (11-10) and used a Dani Davis (East Granby, CT) jumper with 43 seconds to go before intermission to forge a 21-21 tie at the break.
Logan led all scorers with her 12 point performance. Pineda notched nine of her career-high 11 points in the first half while Davis stuffed the stat sheets with six points, a career-best 13 rebounds and a game-high five assists. Kelly Morgan (Brookline, NH) and Siena Mamayek (Melrose, MA) chipped in with six points apiece.
Raiti topped the Trinity scoring attack with 11 points. Shantel Hanniford (Nantucket, MA) registered all 10 of her points in the first half while corralling seven rebounds. Taylor Murtaugh (New York, NY) and Moriah Sweeney (Ramsey, NJ) aided the Bantam's effort on the boards with eight rebounds each while Sweeney and Emily Dixon (Norwood, MA) both tossed in six points.
Both teams wrap up play Monday in the WPI Holiday Classic. The host Engineers take on Westfield State at 3pm after Trinity squares off with Johnson & Wales at 1pm.
Westfield State's Jen Ashton Leads the Owls Past JWU
Worcester, MA --- Sophomore guard Jen Ashton's (Beverly, MA) double-double helped Westfield State beat Johnson & Wales 65-55 in the second game of the WPI Holiday Classic Sunday evening. Ashton tallied 10 points, pulled down 12 boards and recorded 9 assists.
With the win, Westfield State improves to 7-4 while Johnson & Wales falls to 3-6.
Westfield State scored the first four points of the second half and never looked back. At one point the Wildcats got within three but the Owls went on an 8-2 run to maintain the lead. Westfield's Gabby Felix (Springfield, MA) posted a game high 19 points, and added five rebounds and three steals on the night. The Owls capitalized on JWU turnovers, putting away 22 points off of 30 Wildcat giveaways. Senior Briana Kelly (Hampden, MA) chipped in nine points, while Keri Doldoorian (Whitinsville, MA) and Angela Paterson (Nantucket, MA) each added seven. Junior Tania Ortiz (Holyoke, MA) pulled down seven boards and collected five points.
The first half saw the lead change five times keeping the game interesting. Westfield held the advantage shooting 12-of-27 from the floor and 9-of-17 from the charity stripe finishing the half with a five point lead, 35-30. The Owls hauled in 25 rebounds while the Wildcats nabbed 22. Felix set the tone scoring 12 of her 19 in the first half.
Junior Jenna Juron (Burnt Hills, NY) led the Wildcats with 17 points, while senior Marina Millian (Monroe, NY) earned a double-double tallying ten points and ten rebounds to go along with four steals. Sophomore Natalie DiCocco (Media, PA) and junior Samantha Hendrick (Castleton-On-Hudson, NY) combined for 14 points.
Both teams return to action in the WPI Holiday Classic Monday when Johnson & Wales takes on Trinity at 1pm and Westfield State faces off against host WPI at 3pm.